I am not interested in breeding her for money. I was interested in her ability for my son. I have no plans for her other than for a pasture buddy for my mare. I have received conflicting information about her from other sources and was just trying to do my homework and speak with MeaOla today regarding the conflicting information. I am heading there now and I hope to have some information cleared up.
I did go to the rescue's website, and looked at the mare's webpage. http://operationhorserescue.marleysmutts.com/
The rescue states she is 20 so that's the figure I'd go with. Also the mare seems to have some trust issues, which unless you are an experienced horseperson could present a bit of a challenge. You don't give your level of experience or the age of your son-these things do make a difference in terms of whether or not you'd be biting off more than you can chew. I get the feeling you aren't all that experienced.
I too appreciate those who care for her and all the horses that need rescuing but I think that people are assuming the worst.
Assuming what worst? In your signature line you say you want to start a rescue. Every horse rescue I've ever heard of is against excess breeding, and the adoption contract doesn't allow for the horses to be bred. it just doesn't make sense to those of us who do work for rescues. The reason there are rescues is that people irresponsibly breed horses. Those excess horses can end up going to slaughter or abandoned or worse.
You ask about the mare's breeding and lineage and "how much it is worth". That raises HUGE red flag to me...if you want a spotted draft to breed, then pony up the money and buy a registered mare. To even think about breeding an aged unpapered mare "to benefit your son" will rub people here wrong. In fact, it sounds like you want something for nothing.
I think it is too bad that everyone assumes the worst when someone is just trying to make a wise decision that is best for the horse and potential owner.
We are concerned about what is best for the horse. An aged mare who had been abandoned and abused in the past deserves to have a stable home where she won't be bred again. I don't get why you seem to think that is an okay thing to do?
Her health issues are not a concern as farrier work for about a year and attention will fix that.
You do know that past laminitis/founder rings means the mare could have a tendency to founder again, right? You do understand the stress a pregnancy puts on a mare, and that even healthy pregnant mares can be prone to founder? Again, I think you need to learn a lot more about horses.
Her brands are of interest to me as is her past. I wish everyone would quit reading more into that than there is.
We are only reading what you wrote.